Bundle up, grab (or rent) some snowshoes and let’s go!
Snowshoeing is a great way to get outside and get moving, see the mountains in a new perspective and avoid the busy summer crowds on these popular trails. If you can walk, you can snowshoe.
Here is your guide to great snowshoeing trails near Denver!
SNOWSHOEING NEAR DENVER
SAINT MARY’S GLACIER
Where: Idaho Springs
Saint Mary’s Glacier is a great trip all year long. About an hour drive from Denver, and just above Idaho Springs, this popular trail is about a 1.5-mile round trip to the base of the glacier. At the glacier, you will be treated with a great panorama of Mount Bancroft and James and Kingston Peaks. If you hike to the top of the glacier, about 2.2 miles round trip, you will be greeted with amazing views of the Front Range.
P.S At the top of Saint Mary’s Glacier offers snowshoeing ALL YEAR!
MOUNT FALCON CASTLE TRAIL
Snowshoe to a little bit of history at the top! Just about 40 minutes from Denver, this hike has great views of Denver, Red Rocks and the mountains. Historic sites include the ruins of John Brisben Walker’s castle and the foundation of a would-be summer White House for U.S Presidents. From the East lot is a more strenuous 2-mile trek with an elevation gain of almost 2,000 feet. Looking for a more family-friendly hike? Park in the west lot for a much shorter and easier hike. Make sure it has snowed recently before heading to Mount Falcon Castle Trail.
BRAINARD LAKE SNOWSHOE TRAIL
Brainard lake recreation offers a large network of intentional snowshoe trails only open in the winter. Follow the blue snowshoe blazes on the tree trunks through a dense forest past 2 shimmering ponds to Brainard Lake with wide open views of the Indian Peaks. This hike is about 4 miles round trip.
BEAR LAKE TRAIL
Where: Estes Park
The Rocky Mountain National Park is beautiful all year long and turns into an incredible winter wonderland in the winter Following the shoreline of Bear Lake for this enjoyable and easy .6-mile trip around the lake. This trail offers beautiful scenery the entire way and is great for the first day on the snowshoes.
Hike your first winter 14er. Quandary Peak is a popular clime all year long and is the easiest and safest winter summit. As far as 14ers go, this is relatively short hike – to the summit is 3.3 miles with a 3500 feet elevation gain. This hike has gentle slopes and is typically safe from avalanches.